Walleye tournaments and derbies getting ready to launch around Ohio; Fall Brawl top prize in 2017 is a Warrior 193 boat!
March 21, 2017
Dave Berg of Mentor catches Lake Erie record 2.9-pound yellow perch, beats 32-year Ohio mark
May 5, 2016
Cappelli, Williams roar to 10-pound victory in Cabela's National Team Walleye Championships on Lake Erie on Saturday
June 12, 2017
Wandering walleye: How far will they go after spawning in the Maumee River?
April 3, 2016
WALLEYE ON ICE: Rick Henninger (left) of Fish & Field Report and tournament pro Sammy Cappelli of Poland, Ohio brought home the bacon after a recent Lake Erie walleye adventure.
MARBLEHEAD, OHIO - How far do walleye wander after they’re done spawning in the Maumee River in Northwest Ohio?
Some walleye head north, popping up in Lake Huron. Others have been recorded swimming as far east as the Welland Canal near Buffalo. Check out this report in The Toledo Blade. http://www.bcsn.tv/news_article/show/630063
The walleye spawning season is in full swing on the Western Lake Erie reefs and in the Sandusky and Maumee rivers. A relatively warm winter after a couple of bitterly cold ones has made a difference, with anglers trolling for walleye far earlier than ever before.
Fishing guides have been scrambling to get their boats in water at local marinas, which usually don’t open for business until late April. In decades past, it was unusual for the spring launch of the big boats to begin before May 1.
It wasn’t too long ago that most of the Lake Erie charter skippers hosted drift-and-cast anglers. These days, trolling is the hot ticket despite the chilly waters.
The egg-laden female walleye will continue to make sporadic visits to the spawning reefs over the next couple of weeks. The smaller male walleye have a tendency to swarm the spawning grounds for weeks, waiting for females to make the scene.
Bass with broken jaws?: Texas Parks and Wildlife has been discovering a surprising number of trophy largemouth bass being brought in for the ShareLucker Program have broken jaws. The obvious answer, say the experts, is that the injuries are being caused by anglers hoisting the heavy fish by the lower jaw to show them off or take a photograph.
If you’re going to pull out the cell phone camera, cradle the big bass. Don’t use the standard lip grip you often see on TV or at fishing tournaments. That puts a lot of stress on the lower jaw area, and can permanently injure the fish. Read all about it here: https://www.facebook.com/sharelunkerprogram/
Good Samaritans on Lake Erie: Lake Erie is still a very chilly place to fish for walleye, but the lure of cranking home a trophy fish can make some boaters careless. Three anglers in a bass boat on had to be thankful to have many other fishermen were in the neighborhood on Monday. After their shallow-draft bass boat was swamped by big waves other boaters trolling for walleye quickly motored over for the rescue, and ferried the trio to shore.
Lake Erie can change its complexion in a matter of minutes. If you’re heading out on the big waters, check all of the wind, wave and weather reports. If you’re launching a smaller boat, have both a marine radio and a cell phone aboard, as well as all of the safety gear. When Lake Erie’s waters are chilly in the spring there isn’t any room for angler error.
OCBS, DOW boost youth fishing programs: The Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders and the Ohio Division of Wildlife are teaming up to financially support kids fishing programs around Northeast Ohio again this year. They will provide more than $11,500 to make the youth fishing days a success.
The contributions include: $1,300 for the Medina Metroparks Earth Day Fishing on April 23; $1,300 for the Medina Metroparks River Styx Fishing Day on April 30; $600 for the Green (O.) Spring Trout Derby on May 7; $950 for the Lake Metroparks Spring Kids Fishing on May 14; $4,400 for the Cleveland Metroparks Kids Fishing Derbies on May 21 at Ohio & Erie Canal and May 22 at Wallace Lake; $1,150 for the Ken Mantkowski Handicapped Fishing Day on May 28; and $1,300 for the Lake Metroparks Fishing Frenzy on June 18.
The OCBS and Pine Lake Trout Club are sponsoring the 5th Project Healing Waters fly fishing event for veterans on June 5.
Spring camps for kids, women: The Lake and Trails spring fishing camp for kids 9-17 will again visit Camp Muskingum on Leesville Lake in Carroll County on April 29-May 1. Director Karen Metzler reports the camp is full again for the fun weekend of learning fishing and boating skills.
The Grand River Chapter of Women in the Outdoors has its annual splash of outdoor clinics on May 14 at the Crooked Creek Conservation Club on Rt. 534 in Hartsgrove. This year’s courses range from basic and advanced archery to fly fishing, turkey hunting, wilderness survival, outdoor Photography and pistol, rifle and shotgun instruction. Contact Terri Herbert (440-298-1636, TerriHerbert@hotmail.com.
Out and about: South Cuyahoga Sportsmen’s Association hosted a great All-Breed winner’s Trial on Saturday and more than 150 pointing and flushing dogs competed. Results will be posted later. . . Judging by the number of concealed carry permits issued in 2013 (96,972), 2014 (58,066) and 2015 (71,589), a great many Ohioans are armed these days
Cormorant control: Double-crested cormorants are fish-eating machines on Lake Erie, but a Michigan judge ruled against culling the homely black birds on lakes Huron and Michigan. Judge John Bates in U.S. district Court agreed with PEER, a group of former federal employees, that cormorants are protected until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife undertakes a formal, long-range study.
Cormorants, like eagles, struggled to reproduce around the Great Lakes, a major problem during the DDT years when the insecticide caused thin egg shells. Both birds were protected as endangered species, a protection that was never lifted, said PEER. State and federal officials should not be permitted to cull the flocks, ruled Bates, even if the birds are eating more than their share of yellow perch, walleye and smallmouth bass.